INT. RED BALLON SALOON - NIGHT

It is a dingy, dark little bar.  There is a painting of Rita Hayworth with her breasts bared above the bar.  Several of the men wear cowboy hats.  Country-western music plays on the juke box.  Brian and Jessica sit down at the bar.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                What do you want?  A beer?

                                                                 JESSICA
                                I'll have a shot of tequila.

Brian is impressed.  He turns to the bartender.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Two shots of tequila.

The bartender brings them the drinks.  Brian whips out a five.  He raises his glass to Jessica.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                                           (Sincerely)
                                Here's to you.

Jessica touches her glass to his and looks into his eyes.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Here's to you.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Here's to both of us.

They both down their shots.  They both wince and Brian starts to cough.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Smooth.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                This is great.  This is really great.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Wanna dance?

Jessica giggles.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Yeah.

Patsy Cline's "Walkin' After Midnight" is playing.  Brian and Jessica walk out to the center of the empty dance floor.  Brian takes Jessica in his arms and they begin to slow dance.

In a moment a trucker and his girlfriend join them on the dance floor.  Then two other couples follow suit.

Brian and Jessica sway gently to the music.  Jessica contentedly rests her head on Brian's shoulder.  Brian smiles.  He looks up and sees Randy Buttram, their neighbor, come in the door.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Oh, shit.

Brian pulls away from Jessica and stops dancing.  Jessica looks at him in confusion.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                What's wrong?

                                                                 BRIAN
                                We've got to go.

He begins walking off the dance floor toward the back door.  Jessica follows.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Why?

                                                                 BRIAN
                                A friend of my Mom's just walked in.
                                I don't want her to find out about this.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Oh.  Okay.

They leave the bar.

                                                                                                       DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. STRAND HOUSE - NIGHT

Brian and Jessica pull up in front of her house.  Brian is quiet and looks worried.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                You wanna come in?

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Uh... I better not.  I should get home,
                                my Mom's gonna be pissed.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Did you ever think of getting your own
                                place?

                                                                 BRIAN
                                I'll be going away to college in the fall.
                                I'll just have to wait it out.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Thanks for showing me a great time.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                And if my mom asks where I was, you
                                don't know.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                My lips are sealed.  See you tomorrow.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Goodnight, Jessica.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Goodnight, Brian.

Jessica gets out of the car.  Brian drives away.  The full moon shines above the house.  Jessica walks across the yard and goes in the front door.

                                                                                                       DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. STRAND HOUSE - MORNING

The sun shines brightly on the house.  It's a beautiful day.  Blue sky, white puffy clouds and a nice breeze.

INT. LIVING ROOM - DAY

Jessica comes bounding down the steps.  She is wearing shorts and a Bruce Springsteen T-shirt.  She is holding a rolled-up towel and a pair of sunglasses.

As she passes the broken window she sees that the dead bird is gone.  All that remains are a few feathers on the floor.

A bewildered look crosses Jessica's face.

She goes to the telephone and sees that it is plugged in.  She picks up the receiver and the line is dead.

Jessica looks over to the bookshelf against the wall.  There is her Father's pipe rack and a pouch of tobacco.

Jessica steps over to the bookshelf and picks up the pouch of tobacco.  She opens the pouch and sniffs it.  A look of recognition crosses her face.  She puts down the tobacco and glances at the books on the shelf.

She looks closely at the book bindings and reads: "The Black Arts," By Jonathan Strand, "Witchcraft And Demonology," By Jonathan Strand, "All Them Witches," By Jonathan Strand, "Life Amongst Death," By Jonathan Strand and "The Occult Handbook," By Jonathan Strand.

She sees that there is a bookmark in "Witchcraft And Demonology."  She takes out the book and opens it to the marked place.  She sees the torn edges where a page has been ripped out.

On the last page of the book is a photograph of her Father holding a pipe.  It says, "About the author -- Jonathan Strand is the foremost authority on witchcraft and the occult..."

Jessica turns to the first page and reads, "This book is dedicated to my darling daughter, Jessica."

Jessica has a frightened look on her face.  She shuts the book and puts it back on the shelf.

Jessica hears something coming from the backyard.  She goes to investigate.

EXT. BACKYARD - DAY

Jessica steps out into the backyard and finds a man raking the lawn.  He is GEORGE DARBIAN. He looks up and smiles.

                                                                 DARBIAN
                                'Morning, Miss Strand.  How're you today?

                                                                 JESSICA
                                                           (Puzzled)
                                Fine.  Who're you?

                                                                 DARBIAN
                                Fine, thank you.

                                Jessica shakes her head.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Not how are you?  Who are you?

                                                                 DARBIAN
                                George Darbian's the name.

He holds out his hand and Jessica shakes it.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                What are you doing here?

                                                                 DARBIAN
                                Frank Malone told me you might need
                                a hand cleaning up the place.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Who's paying for this?

                                                                 DARBIAN
                                It's on the house.  If you like my work
                                outside, you can hire me to do the
                                inside.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                                           (Appreciative)
                                Thanks.

Goerge Darbian goes back to his work.

Jessica crosses the backyard and goes up to the high wooden fence of the cemetery.  She looks through the slats of the fence into the cemetery.

EXT. CEMETERY - DAY

The cemetery is quiet.  Two people are putting flowers on a grave in the distance.  Jessica sees that the two tombstones nearest to the fence are marked, "Melanie Christine Strand" and "Jonathan Theodore Strand."  There are dead wilted flowers on Jonathan's grave.

Suddenly a huge Doberman Pinscher appears from nowhere and pounces against the fence.  It barks furiously at her.

EXT. BACKYARD - DAY

Jessica jumps back.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Nice doggy.

Goerge Darbian starts to laugh.

                                                                 DARBIAN
                                Goddamn dog scared the shit outta
                                me this morning.

Jessica takes a breath and smiles, then walks over to the Cummings' house.

EXT. CUMMINGS' HOUSE - DAY

Jessica goes to the Cummings' front door and knocks.  Mrs. Cummings answers.  Behind her two other women can be seen in the kitchen.

                                                                 MRS. CUMMINGS
                                Good morning, Jessica, how are you on
                                this beautiful day?

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Fine, Mrs. Cummings, how are you?

                                                                 MRS. CUMMINGS
                                Bright and chipper.  And call me Rita, dear,
                                we're neighbors.  Come on in.

Jessica goes inside.

INT. CUMMINGS' HOUSE - DAY

Jessica follows Mrs. Cummings into the living room.

                                                                 MRS. CUMMINGS
                                Did you and Brian get together last
                                night?

                                                                 JESSICA
                                No.

                                                                 MRS. CUMMINGS
                                Oh?  You certainly look tired this morning.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                I had a nightmare last night.

                                                                 MRS. CUMMINGS
                                                           (Interested)
                                Oh, really?  What was it about?

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Well… My Mother called and told me
                                to get out of the house.

                                                                 MRS. CUMMINGS
                                Oh, really?  I once dreamt that I was being
                                chased by some horrible creature.  I ran and
                                ran and when I woke up in the morning my
                                feet hurt.  Dreams can seem very real.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Were you friends with my Mother?

A thin, middle-aged woman, EUNICE EBERHARDT, steps out of the kitchen.

                                                                 EUNICE
                                Rita, where's the allspice?

                                                                 MRS. CUMMINGS
                                It's in the cupboard.  Come out here, I
                                want you to meet someone.

Eunice and another middle-aged woman, BEVERLY BOYER, step out of the kitchen.

                                                                 MRS. CUMMINGS
                                Jessica, these are my good friends Eunice
                                Eberhardt and Beverly Boyer.

Beverly takes Jessica's hand in hers, which is covered with flour.

                                                                 BEVERLY
                                'Scuse me, I've been baking.  Nice to meet
                                you.

Then Eunice shakes her hand.

                                                                 EUNCIE
                                I used to baby-sit you when you were little.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Were you friends with my mother?

                                The women look uncomfortable.

                                                                 EUNICE
                                She was new to Lone Lake.  We never
                                got to know her very well.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                But she lived here for five years.

                                                                 BEVERLY
                                That's not very long for around here.
                                Besides, we never saw her very much,
                                she kept to herself.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Do you think she was crazy?

                                                                 EUNICE
                                Oh, I don't know...

                                                                 BEVERLY
                                It's hard to tell...

                                                                 MRS. CUMMINGS
                                                           (Cutting in)
                                I'm not one to talk, but many people
                                thought so.  There's no point, however,
                                in digging up the past.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Did you know that my Father wrote books
                                on witchcraft and the occult?

                                                                 MRS. CUMMINGS
                                Of course.  He was the most famous person
                                to ever come out of Lone Lake.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Huh.

                                                                 MRS. CUMMINGS
                                Can I get you a glass of lemonade?

                                                                 JESSICA
                                No thank you.  Would it be okay if I used
                                your telephone?  I've got to call home.

                                                                 MRS. CUMMINGS
                                You are home, dear.

Jessica is baffled for a second.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                No, I mean Clarkston.

                                                                 MRS. CUMMINGS
                                Oh, of course.  The phone's on the front
                                table.

Jessica goes to the phone.  She picks it up and dials.  Mrs. Stevens answers.

                                                                 MRS. STEVENS (O.S.)
                                Clarkston Foster Care.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Mrs. Stevens?

                                                                 MRS. STEVENS (O.S.)
                                Yes.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                This is Jessica.

                                                                 MRS. STEVENS (O.S.)
                                                           (Happy)
                                Jessica.  How are you?  How's everything
                                going?

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Fine.  Great, actually.

                                                                 MRS. STEVENS (O.S.)
                                I'm so happy for you.  What can I do for
                                you?

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Can I talk to Marcy?

                                                                 MRS. STEVENS (O.S.)
                                I'll see if she's here, Jessica.  Hold on.

Jessica is put on hold.

Mrs. Cummings can be seen in the open doorway in the background.

INT. MRS. STEVENS OFFICE - DAY

Mrs. Stevens comes back on the line.

                                                                 MRS. STEVENS
                                I'm sorry, Marcy's not here.

                                                                 JESSICA (O.S.)
                                                           (Puzzled)
                                That's funny, she said that she'd be there
                                this morning.

                                                                 MRS. STEVENS
                                Well, she isn't, but I'll be sure to give her
                                your message the minute I see her.  Is there
                                a number where she can reach you?

                                                                 JESSICA (O.S.)
                                Yes.

INT. CUMMINGS' HOUSE - DAY

Jessica looks down at the telephone and reads the number.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                1-872-3142.  That's my neighbor's house.
                                The Cummings.

INT. MRS. STEVEN'S OFFICE - DAY

Mrs. Stevens writes the number down.

                                                                 MRS. STEVENS
                                1-872-3142.  The Cummings.  Is there
                                anything else?

                                                                 JESSICA (O.S.)
                                Nope, that's it.

                                                                 MRS. STEVENS
                                It was very nice talking to you, Jessica.

                                                                 JESSICA (O.S.)
                                You, too, Mrs. Stevens.  Bye-bye.

Mrs. Stevens hangs up.  At that moment Marcy comes walking into her office.

                                                                 MARCY
                                Excuse me, Mrs. Stevens, did Jessica
                                call for me?

Mrs. Stevens looks through a pile of papers and shakes her head.

                                                                 MRS. STEVENS
                                No, there haven't been any calls for you,
                                Marcy.

Marcy looks confused.

                                                                 MARCY
                                Hmmm?  But she said she'd call by ten.

                                                                 MRS. STEVENS
                                When she calls I'll be sure to tell you.

                                                                 MARCY
                                Thank you, Mrs. Stevens.

Marcy leaves.  Mrs. Stevens watches her go.

                                                                                                       DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. LONE LAKE BEACH - DAY

It is a small beach with a wooden clubhouse.  It houses a snack bar and locker rooms.  Beside it is a big cement patio with wrought iron tables with umbrellas.  There are a lot of people in bathing suits and many children play in the water.

CASEY, a wrinkled old man in his eighties, sits in a large wooden chair.  He wears a skipper's cap.  He is drinking coffee and is smoking a cigar.

Jessica goes up to the snack bar and is waited on by Brian.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                'Morning, Brian.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Good morning, Jessica.  You didn't talk
                                to my Mom, did you?

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Yeah, but I didn't tell her anything.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Good.  What can I get you?

Jessica looks at the menu on the wall.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                I'll have the breakfast special.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                You don't want that, take my word for
                                it.  Powdered eggs and frozen sausage
                                don't cut it no matter what you do to
                                'em.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                What do you recommend?

                                                                 BRIAN
                                The donuts are good.  We don't make
                                'em.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Fine.  I'll have a donut and a cup of
                                coffee.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Coming up.

Brian gets Jessica's order.  Meanwhile, a number of people have lined up behind Jessica.  Brian hands Jessica her order.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Thanks.  I had a really great time last
                                night.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Me, too.

A MAN behind her is getting impatient.

                                                                 MAN
                                Could I get waited on, please?

                                                                 BRIAN
                                                           (To Jessica)
                                I'll talk to you in a minute.
                                                           (To customer)
                                May I help you?

                                                                 MAN
                                I'll have the breakfast special.

Brian turns to the cook.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                                           (Calling out)
                                One breakfast special!

Jessica takes her breakfast and leaves.

EXT. DECK BY LAKE - DAY

Jessica chooses the table next to Casey, who's about eighty, and sits down.  As she eats her donut she looks around.

On the wall of the clubhouse right near her is a large, very old painting of the town of Lone Lake.  At the center of the painting is an area that has been painted over and a house added in.  Due to the age of the paint the outline of a church and steeple are visible behind the added-in house.  Behind that is the cemetery.

A moment later Brian appears with a pot of coffee.  He fills her cup.  Jessica points at the added-in house in the painting.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Isn't that my house?

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Sure is.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                What happened to the church?

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Oh, it burned down about a hundred
                                years ago.

Casey is watching the two young people talk.

                                                                 CASEY
                                Hey, Brian, come over here.

Brian goes over to Casey's table.  Casey whispers to him, but not very quietly.

                                                                 CASEY
                                Wanna know why I feel so good?

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Why?

                                                                 CASEY
                                'Cause I jacked off three times today.

Casey laughs loudly.  Brian looks at Jessica who is also laughing.  He blushes with embarrassment and goes back to work.

                                                                 CASEY
                                Liked that, did ya, Jessica?

Jessica stops laughing.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                How did you know my name?

                                                                 CASEY
                                Everybody knows you're in town.  You
                                can't expect that big mouth Rita Cummings
                                to keep anything quiet.

He puts out his hand and Jessica shakes it.

                                                                 CASEY
                                My name's Casey.  I remember when
                                you were knee high to a toad stool.  Oh,
                                and get that yard of yours cleaned up,
                                it's an eyesore.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                It's being cleaned up right now.

                                                                 CASEY
                                Good for you.
                                                           (Looking up)
                                Look at that sky, will ya.  Not a cloud.
                                Perfect weather for watching an eclipse.
                                I'm what you might call a stargazer.  I
                                spend so much time sitting out here
                                lookin' at the stars I don't get hemorrhoids,
                                I get asteroids.

Casey thinks that this is really funny and laughs up a storm.  Jessica takes this chance to leave.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Goodbye.  Nice meeting you.

EXT. BEACH - DAY

Jessica walks down to the beach.  She begins taking off her clothes, revealing a tiny bikini underneath.  A group of tanned young men in bathing suits begin to hoot and whistle.

As Jessica gets her pants off she realizes that the catcalls are for her.  One of the young men, JIMMY, who is handsome with dark hair, turns to STEVIE, who is blond and a real muscleman.

                                                                 JIMMY
                                Great bod.

Stevie flexes his bicep.

                                                                 STEVIE
                                Thanks.

                                                                 JIMMY
                                Not you.  Her.

Jessica lies down on the beach.  She rests her face on her arms, and catches some rays.  Her hearing perception is distorted and her visual point of view is too low as she floats at the edge of sleep.

The sound of the wind and the waves is mesmerizing; a mother tells her children to be careful, somebody walks by with a radio, little bits and pieces of conversations fade in and out.

She opens her eyes and sees a red beach ball.  The wind slowly blows the ball revealing a fat bald man buried up to the neck in sand.  He turns and smiles at her.  She closes her eyes and hears a woman saying her name.

                                                                 WOMAN
                                Jessica, Jessica...

Jessica opens her eyes and sees a little five-year old girl run past and kick sand in her face.

She wipes off the sand and sees the little girl run up to her Mother and Father.  The glare from the sun puts them all in silhouette.

Jessica lays her face back down on her arms and sees the fat bald man in the sand.  Just then it seems like someone kicks the man's head and it bounces away like a ball.  All that remains is a large mound of sand.

Jessica sits up and sees two silhouetted kids playing with a ball.

She lays back down and closes her eyes.

EXT. BEACH - EVENING

A shadow looms over Jessica's face and she opens her eyes.

It's a cloaked, masked figure reaching down to her just like her dream.  She blinks and it is Brian standing over her.  No one else is on the beach and the sun is beginning to set.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Sorry to wake you, but it's getting kind
                                of late.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                                           (Groggy)
                                What...?  Oh, Brian.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                You've been sleeping for hours, we
                                thought you might be dead, or in a
                                coma.

Jessica stands up and brushes the sand off of her.  She puts her shorts and T-shirt on over her bikini.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                I don't usually sleep this good.

Jessica and Brian walk back toward the clubhouse.

A red beach ball is caught in the tide.  It washes into shore, then washes back out again.

EXT. CLUBHOUSE - NIGHT

Fifty people have gathered at the clubhouse.  They are grilling hot dogs and hamburgers.  Tiki torches are lit.  Music plays on the radio.

The young men and women are playing volley ball.  The older folks are preparing to play bingo.

Casey sits in his wooden chair.  He looks through a large telescope at the full moon.

Jessica and Brian walk past all of the people.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                What's going on?

                                                                 BRIAN
                                It's the Summer Solstice.  It doesn't
                                take much to get everyone to throw
                                a party down here.  You should've
                                been here for the bash on Flag Day.
                                                           (Jessica laughs)
                                Let's get something to eat.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                                           (Smiling)
                                Okay.

                                                                                                       DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. DECK - EVENING

Jessica and Brian sit at a table on the deck.  They have finished eating.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                You're so lucky to have grown up here.
                                It's so beautiful.  You've got a lake and
                                people are so friendly.  There's a sense
                                of togetherness here I've never
                                experienced before.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Get used to it, you live here.

Jessica smiles and looks around.

Many people stand and sit in groups eating their dinner.  The Japanese man, his little boy and the four other Japanese men are also there.  They all wear dark suits and ties.  Jessica waves at the little boy who smiles and waves back.  Jessica holds up five fingers and points at him.  He nods vigorously.  All of the Japanese men turn and look at Jessica, then turn back and excitedly converse in Japanese.

Rita Cummings appears behind Jessica.

                                                                 MRS. CUMMINGS
                                Now, Brian, you've monopolized Jessica
                                all night long.  Come along, dear.

Mrs. Cummings begins to lead Jessica away.  Jessica looks back to Brian with a helpless expression.  Brian can't believed it.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                                           (Annoyed)
                                We're in the middle of talking.

                                                                 MRS. CUMMINGS
                                You two can talk later.  Uh, Brian, why
                                don't you go help clean up.

Mrs. Cummings spirits Jessica away, leaving Brian by himself, fuming.

Jessica and Mrs. Cummings walk through the crowd.

                                                                 MRS. CUMMINGS
                                You and Brian are getting along pretty
                                well, what were you talking about?

                                                                 JESSICA
                                This and that, nothing much.

                                                                 MRS. CUMMINGS
                                Just like Brian, he never has anything to
                                say.

They get to a clear area and stop.

                                                                 MRS. CUMMINGS
                                I suppose Brian's told you about his girlfriend,
                                Cindy, back in Kalamazoo?

Jessica is stunned.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Uh, no...

                                                                 MRS. CUMMINGS
                                I'm sure he wouldn't.

Just then Casey and four men step over to her.

                                                                 CASEY
                                Hey, Jessica, I want you to meet a few
                                people.  This is Burt Kennedy, Ken Boyer
                                and Randy Buttram.

                                                                 RANDY
                                Welcome to Lone Lake.

Jessica points at Randy Buttram.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                I remember you, you never finished the
                                siding on your house.

Randy looks embarrassed.

                                                                 RANDY
                                Well, that is, I...

All of the men turn and look at him.

                                                                 CASEY
                                Yeah.  Why don't you finish the damn
                                siding on your house.  You've had thirteen
                                years.  It's an eyesore.

Now Jessica is embarrassed, too.

Casey takes Jessica's arm and leads her away.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                I didn't mean to cause any trouble.

                                                                 CASEY
                                It's time someone said something.  The
                                guy's a carpenter and has the ugliest
                                house in town.

Casey takes a puff of his cigar.  Suddenly Mrs. Cummings appears, takes the cigar from Casey's mouth and flings it on the ground.

                                                                 MRS. CUMMINGS
                                You're stinking up the whole place.

                                                                 CASEY
                                                           (Outraged)
                                Are you crazy?  That was a perfectly good
                                seventy-five cent cigar.

                                                                 MRS. CUMMINGS
                                It's a filthy habit.

                                                                 CASEY
                                Who asked ya?

Mrs. Cummings walks away.  Casey goes over, picks up the cigar and puts it back in his mouth.

                                                                 CASEY
                                Aw, shit, it's got sand all over it.

Casey wipes the sand from his lips.

Casey leads Jessica over to where Brian is cleaning up.

                                                                 CASEY
                                Goddamnit anyway!  I'll kick that broad in
                                the teeth!

Casey and Jessica arrive where Brian is cleaning up.

                                                                 CASEY
                                You two youngsters talk, I'll clean up.

Brian is surprised.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Sure thing, Casey.  Thanks a lot.

                                                                 CASEY
                                Not a problem.

Brian turns to Jessica.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Let's go out to the end of the dock.

As Brian and Jessica head toward the beach they hear Casey drop a dish and break it.

                                                                 CASEY (O.S.)
                                Son of a whore!

EXT. DOCK - EVENING

Brian and Jessica walk up the long wooden dock.  They get to the end and sit down.  Beside them is a thin peninsula that widens out at the end forming an island where many types of boats are docked.

A lone seagull flies slowly above the lake.

Brian skips a stone across the water causing rings to spread out across the lake.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                It's so beautiful.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                So are you.

Brian puts his arm around her.  Jessica looks back toward shore, then back to Brian.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                What about your girlfriend?

Brian is shocked.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Who told you that?

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Is it true?

                                                                 BRIAN
                                My Mom told you that, didn't she?
                                                           (Jessica nods)
                                I had a girlfriend for a month up at school.
                                It's been over for almost a year.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Really?

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Yeah, really.  I wish my Mom would mind
                                her own damn business.

Brian looks into Jessica's eyes.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                I like you, Jessica.  I like you a lot.

Jessica smiles and sighs.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                I'm so happy to hear you say that.  I
                                like you, too, Brian.  I always have.

Jessica leans against Brian and they kiss.  A long, passionate, beautiful kiss.

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